A steal of a deal in Oakland!

I am always on the lookout for a great deal in Oakland especially for single women or single mothers.  Why? Because at a certain time in my life I was a single mom wanting to buy my first home and my criteria was that the home had to be in “good” location (aka a safe neighborhood), it had to have 2 bedrooms, space to grow in, a laundry room, good storage, a parking space AND a front or backyard for my child. 

Well…this is what I found today when I went on tour.  Take a look at 2431 Damuth Street in the Diamond District.

This is a 2bd/1ba bungalow that was build in the 40’s.   Vaulted open beam ceilings in the livingroom, hardwood floors throughout, newly remodeled kitchen and bathroom. There is an office in the basement, an incredibly large workshop area. The home is private and very secluded.  If I had the extra cash on hand I would buy this house for my mother!  Below are some pics (basement, storage area, office, artist space and backyard not included):

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This bungalow is situated towards the back of the lot.

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Walk through an enclosed yard and up the front steps.

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Front brick patio just as you enter the gate and go up the front steps. Its very private and secluded.

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Nicely remodeled kitchen just off the livingroom. Lots of light and it looks down upon the enclosed backyard.

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The kitchen is open and spacious and just to the left is the dining area. The hardwood floors throughout the house are in mint condition.

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The remodeled bathroom is quite spacious and roomy enough for two.

Great find. Great price. If you are interested in homes like this one 2bd/1ba under $500K in a great neighborhood simply email me , I’ve got a long running list of homes in the East Bay that make sense for the first time home buyer. 

If you are interested in duplex to help defray your monthly mortgage payments I’ve got a great one located on the same lot.  It’s a side-by-side duplex with one unit rented by a long term tenant that is paying $1,000/mo rent.  The vacant unit is perfect for an owner occupied unit, vaulted ceilings, enclosed brick patio, parking space…a steal of a deal in Oakland at $469K!

Berkeley Neighborhood Associations

Looking to buy in Berkeley but unsure of the community or how involved people are?  Then take a look at the list of Berkeley Neighborhood Associations. Plenty to choose from and if you have a question about a specific neighborhood or property simply email me and I’ll get you the information. 

Oakland Neighborhoods

Quick, name a place in the Bay Area where an average person making an average income can still afford to buy a home, can still afford to live without mortgaging their entire future, can still afford to send the kids to college. Stumped? The anwer is Oakland. Yes, that’s right Oakland. We know the reputation that Oakland sometimes is appropriated, we know the rumors flying around about Oaktown, and we also know what the misrepresented quote by Gertrude Stein (“There’s no there there”) says about our fair city and we’re here to tell you that contrary to those rumors, Oakland is a great place to live. Heck, we even have a statue now in the city center that reads simply “there” (take that Gertie). So here’s a little homage to Oakland and some of our neighborhoods so that you, and the rest of the world, can put some of those rumors to bed. Continue reading